A close tussle can be expected when traditional rivals Royal College and S. Thomas College clash in their 35th limited over match for the Mustangs Trophy at SSC grounds at 9.45 a.m today. The Thomians have made one change from the team which played in the Big Match by bringing in Sachinda Liyanarachchi at the expense of Umesh Fernando while Royal are likely to include Madusha Rajaratne for today s game.
Royal are the holders of the Trophy having won last year s game by five wickets while Thomians last emerged victorious in 2008 when they edged out Royal by two wickets. Royal lead the series tally with 17 wins to 16 by S. Thomas with the 2002 game ending in a tie.
Royal (from): Bhanuka Rajapakse (Captain), Chalaka Bogoda, Ramith Rambukwella, Imal Liyanage, Madusha Rajaratne, Kithruwan Vithanage, Waruna Dissanayake, Madushan Gunaratne, Gaurav Deva, Maneesha Thanthrigoda, Devin Pathmanathan, Imran Khan and Charutha Rajaratne.
S. Thomas : Dinesh Walpita (Captain), Pasan Wijewardena, Brian Dharmasena, Nuwan Kavinda, Ashen Fernando, Chamod Pathirana, Sachin Pieris, Lalindra Pieris, Neomal Wickremasekera, Nilakshan Fernando and Sachinda Liyanarachchi.